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Girls Grammar Curriculum Catch-Up: Year 12 External Examinations

As we approach the much-anticipated Year 12 External Examinations, we understand that this is a critical time for our senior girls. These examinations represent a significant milestone in their educational journey and pave the way for their future endeavours. To ensure they are well-equipped for success, we have put together a comprehensive preparation plan, including mock exams, tailored specifically for our students. Further specific details around Mock Examinations and the External Examinations will be coming soon.

The Importance of Year 12 External Examinations:

The Year 12 External Examinations are a culmination of high school studies and play a crucial role in determining academic achievements and future opportunities. Scoring well in these exams opens doors to higher education, scholarships, and various career pathways. It is a chance to showcase the knowledge and skills that have been acquired throughout your senior years and demonstrate your academic capabilities. For mathematics and science subjects, the external examinations will contribute 50% of a student’s final grade. For all other subjects, the external examinations will contribute 25% of the final grade. For mathematics, science and arts subjects, the examinations will be based on Unit 3 and Unit 4 – meaning an entire year of work will be assessed. For all other subjects, the examinations will be based only on Unit 4. Our Year 12 girls are fully aware the preparation for these exams cannot be completed solely in class time and a very significant amount of independent work is required over a sustained period. Whilst our girls do need to maintain a balance in their lives by ensuring time for family, friends and exercise, they should be thinking about limiting work and other activities for the next few months. We want each girl to be able to achieve her best possible results and move onto the next phase of her life with no regrets about lost opportunities.

The Value of Mock Exams:

Mock exams serve as a vital tool in the preparation journey. They are designed to simulate the actual examination conditions, providing a realistic experience of the exam format, time constraints, and question types. The benefits of participating in mock exams are numerous:

  • Identifying Weaknesses: Mock exams help identify areas of weakness, enabling a focus on those topics that require more attention.

  • Time Management: Practising with mock exams enhances time management skills, ensuring sufficient time is allocated to each section of the exam.

  • Building Confidence: By experiencing exam-like conditions, you gain confidence in your abilities and alleviate any anxiety or stress associated with the actual examinations.

  • Assessment of Progress: Mock exams provide valuable feedback on your progress, allowing you to adjust your study approach accordingly.

Preparing for Mock Exams and External Examinations:

To make the most out of your preparation, consider implementing the following strategies:

  • Create a Study Schedule: Develop a well-structured study plan that allocates time for each subject and incorporates regular breaks to avoid burnout.

  • Utilise Past Papers: Familiarise yourself with past exam papers to understand the exam format and types of questions that may be asked.

  • Seek Guidance from Teachers: Don't hesitate to seek guidance from your teachers or mentors. They can provide valuable insights, offer clarification on complex topics, and suggest effective study techniques.

  • Form Study Groups: Collaborating with peers in study groups can provide a fresh perspective on challenging subjects and foster a supportive learning environment.

  • Stay Healthy: Remember to take care of your physical and mental well-being. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, and engage in regular physical activity to stay focused and energised.

In Conclusion:

The Year 12 External Examinations are an opportunity to showcase knowledge and capabilities. Preparing for these exams, including engaging in mock exams, is crucial for success. Remember, consistent effort, self-belief, and a positive attitude can make a significant difference.

We wish all our Year 12 students the best of luck in their preparations and examinations.

Dr John Fry

Deputy Principal - Studies


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